Senator Statement Senator Jane Cordy September 23rd, 2014
Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, Nova Scotians love their hockey and they love their hockey players. But Nova Scotians could totally understand the glow coming from residents in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, a community of about 25,000 people, when the NHL Awards were handed out last June.
Sidney Crosby, from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In June, he was presented with his second Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. He also received the Art Ross Trophy as the league's scoring champion. In addition, "Sid the Kid" was also awarded the Ted Lindsay Award, as voted by his fellow members of the NHL Players' Association, as the season's most outstanding player. Awards given by your peers are always pretty special.
Honourable senators, keep in mind that Sidney Crosby was also captain of Team Canada, which won the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics this year.
Honourable senators, Nathan MacKinnon is a forward with the Colorado Avalanche and he too is from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. As you may recall, he was captain of the Halifax Mooseheads when they won the Memorial Cup in 2013. He went on to be the number one NHL draft pick that year, following in the footsteps of Sidney Crosby who was also the number one pick in the 2005 NHL draft. Not only did Nathan make the pros in his first year of eligibility, but he had an excellent season. Nathan was a big reason the Avalanche made the playoffs this year and he had a big impact on their playoff run.
Nathan MacKinnon was awarded the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year in the NHL. He was a near unanimous choice, receiving 130 first place votes from the 137 ballots cast. Nathan is the youngest Calder award winner ever.
Congratulations to Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon on their award-winning seasons and congratulations to the Cole Harbour hockey supporters, coaches and their families. Cole Harbour, keep doing whatever you are doing for hockey development because it's clearly working.